WATERBURY, Conn. – Sophomore Ava Albergo scored the winning goal with 5:26 remaining as the Thomas Jefferson University women's soccer team (15-5) won its fourth CACC Championship with a 2-1 victory over Georgian Court (14-6-1) at Post University on Sunday.
The Rams, who were the number one seed in the tourney, earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The bracket will be announced via a live selection show on NCAA.com on Monday, November 18 at 6 p.m.
The Rams had two corner kick opportunities in the first 10 minutes but came up empty. Then, the Lions had sustained pressure on Jefferson for the next seven minutes, totaling five shots and three corner kicks but the Rams were able to keep the ball out of the net.
In the 27th minute, the ball was sent ahead down the right side for freshman Laural Erick. Erick got a cross off towards the front of the cage. Senior MaryKate Ulmer got a foot on the ball and it went off a Lions' defender into the goal for a 1-0 Jefferson lead.
Georgian Court responded with three shots and a corner kick in the minutes following and was able to even the score in the 39th minute. The score remained 1-1 into halftime.
The Rams elevated their game to start the second, keeping the ball in the Lions' end for long stretches. Jefferson had the first five shots of the period, including one that went off the right post in the 72nd minute. Just seconds later, GCU had a one-on-one opportunity in the Rams' end but graduate student Erin Tinneny came up with a crucial, point-blank save to keep the game tied.
With regulation time ticking under six minutes, Jefferson was awarded a corner kick. The kick ricocheted off of multiple players in the box and squirted out to Albergo, who blasted the ball off the crossbar and into the net with one bounce. The Lions had one final shot but it was high.
Tinneny finished with eight saves, which tied her season high, and was named the CACC Tournament MVP. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Albergo, Ulmer, Erick, freshman Payton Cole and senior Erin Sullivan.
- Jefferson previously won the CACC Championship in 2006, 2014 and 2015.
- Tinneny was chosen to the All-Tournament Team for the second straight year and joins Brianna Reinford, Hannah Palese and Courtney Shaw as Rams' players to win the MVP award.
- The Rams' 15 victories are tied for the second most in program history (1995, 2007). The 2011 squad won 16 games.